The *best* Blueberry Muffin recipe

9 07 2006

In 1986 I had the pleasure of living and working in Canada for some 13 months. One of the delights of that year was discovering muffins! Especially blueberry muffins…

Blueberry muffins cooling as I wrote this post

Somewhere along the way I picked up a little spiral bound muffin cookbook, which I have used ever since. It has THE most delicious muffin recipes in it, and our favourite is “Marilyn’s Blueberry” muffins – which I made this afternoon. I reckon I’ve made thousands of blueberry muffins using this recipe – it’s so quick and easy, and they taste delicious.

Here’s the recipe (just multiply the quantities for more muffins!); you’ll need three mixing bowls for this recipe:

TEMP: 400F (I use 180-200C)
TIME: 20 mins
MAKES: 12 large muffins

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour (Australia: plain flour)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (or 1 can if you don’t have fresh)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar


  • 1/4 cup = 60 ml / 2 oz
  • 1/2 cup = 120 ml / 4 oz
  • 1 cup = approx 250 ml / 8 oz
  • 1.5 cups = 350 ml / 12 oz


  1. In a small bowl, beat eggs, milk and butter.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and the 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  3. Stir the liquid ingredients in the small bowl into the dry ingredients in the large bowl.
  4. In the third bowl, mix together the blueberries with the remaining sugar and flour.
  5. Gently fold the blueberry mixture in to the ‘cake’ mixture in the large bowl.
  6. Fill muffin cups and bake at 400F (200C) for approximately 20 minutes.

BTW, I found that you can still get the book online from at least one secondhand bookseller. The authors are Bidinosti and Wearring and the book is “Muffins: a cookbook”; my copy was published in 1982 by Muffins Publishing, Inc. and is the 9th printing (1984).

Blueberry muffins made with frozen blueberries

Update (8 August 2007): Picture of very ‘bursty’ blueberry muffins sitting in the late afternoon sunlight made yesterday. These were made with frozen blueberries and had been out of the oven about 5 minutes when I took the photo.

Update (16 July 2009): Added metric and imperial measures for cups

Update (26 May 2010): Added PDF versions of this recipe for you to print out:

Where’s the passion?

9 07 2006

On Friday night, the Fremantle Dockers beat Essendon by nearly 40 points. It was a win that the Dockers needed, so they got the 4 points and some percentage gains. But it wasn’t pretty football… again. In fact, for most of the match it was pretty darned boring. The players don’t seem to have the passion that the Club has as its motto, and the crowd of 34,000 didn’t seem to have too much passion on Friday night either, even though we were winning.

While not all games can be as exciting as the derby against the Eagles earlier in the year, or the Round 21 game against St Kilda late last season, it would be nice if we had a few more games where both players and supporters could feel a bit more of an adrenalin rush.